Hwange, Shabanie agree on Mareya transfer

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Hwange Football Club have acquired the services of Shabanie Mine midfielder Tawanda Mareya on a permanent transfer, allaying fears that he could have returned to Zvishavane after playing in a friendly match against Highlanders on Sunday.

Mareya, registered with Hwange for the Caf Orange Confederation Cup, travelled to Zanzibar for the first leg of preliminary round of the Confederation Cup against Jamhuri, which the coalminers won 3-0 on February 18.

He played in the return leg at the Colliery, coming in for Francisco Zvikumbawire in the 57th minute when Hwange thrashed Jamhuri 4-1 to book a place in the first round of the continental showcase.

Mareya played for Shabanie in a 0-0 friendly match at Luveve Stadium on Sunday, with some sources saying the player had been recalled to the former asbestos miners after Hwange had failed to honour their part of the transaction.

Shabanie Mine chairman Webster Chitonho yesterday said Mareya was joining Hwange on a permanent transfer.

He, however, could not be drawn to disclose figures for the transfer saying that was between them and Hwange.

“He is actually going back to Hwange today or tomorrow (yesterday or today). It’s a done deal.
Mareya is joining Hwange on a permanent transfer and the issue of payments is neither here nor there.
“We have agreed with Hwange and a moment ago, I was speaking to the chairman Joe Zulu,” Chitonho said.